Its has been government policy in recent decades to create an industry out of waste management.
What this means in practice to the hapless tax payer is more expensive waste collections and disposals supported by a yet another penalty system.
It perhaps started with Thatcher who put the scrap dealer [and his horse] out of business by introducing a complicated and expensive licensing scheme.
Steptoe & Son would collect your rubbish quietly at your convenience. Once sorted, perhaps cleaned or repaired, your cast offs could become another’s heirloom. There always has been huge potential in this type of recycling as exemplified by eBay.
We have been able to create starch based food wrapping since the 1980’s. Instead of this non-toxic sensible biodegradable solution we have toxic [typically oil based] plastic wrapping. It is a legislative requirement to have separate wrapping on organic foods.
It has surely always been illogical to use landfill as a means of waste disposal. Illegal dumping in Third World countries spreads disease globally in both directions
The increased waste that we see today has come about following ill conceived legislation. The solution is therefore relatively simple.
Legislation should be introduced to make it possible for all consumers to return non-biodegradable or non recycle-able packaging to their immediate point of origin.
We welcome the return of deposit paid returnable glass containers; independent scrap dealers; & the withdrawal of all food related plastic packaging.
More food outlets should be encouraged, through tax incentives rather than fines, to design re-useable containers. Coffee houses, for instance, could serve their customers in returnable vacuum mugs.
This is not a difficult problem. It has simply been managed from the wrong perspective for too long.
Please see petitions.pm.gov.uk nowaste